Father - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɑːðər|  American pronunciation of the word father
Brit.  |ˈfɑːðə|  British pronunciation of the word father


- a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father) (syn: begetter)
his father was born in Atlanta
- the founder of a family (syn: forefather, sire)
keep the faith of our forefathers
- `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military (syn: padre)
- (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
- a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
the tennis fathers ruled in her favor
the city fathers endorsed the proposal
- God when considered as the first person in the Trinity (syn: fatherhood)
- a person who founds or establishes some institution (syn: beginner, founder)
George Washington is the father of his country
- the head of an organized crime family (syn: don)


- make (offspring) by reproduction (syn: beget, bring forth, engender, generate, get, mother, sire)
John fathered four daughters

Extra examples

He became a father when he was 30.

He's the father of three small children.

He has been like a father to me.

He was a father to me after my own father died.

He was praised for fathering a plan to improve the city's schools.

...Paul Revere somehow found room in his small house for the large family he had fathered....

He was like a father to them.

He was a father to so many of my friends.

He fathered the improvement plan.

Ask your father to help you.

Andrew was very excited about becoming a father.

He's been like a father to me.

The driver, a father of four, escaped uninjured.

Steve recently became the proud father of a 7lb 12oz baby girl.

I have sinned, Father.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: father
he/she/it: fathers
present participle: fathering
past tense: fathered
past participle: fathered
singular: father
plural: fathers
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